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Revolutions Per Minute (2003)

"Black Masks & Gasoline"


Simply because you can breathe,
doesn't mean you're alive,
or that you really live.
this life has taken it's toll
and she just doesn't know,
how much more she can give

But here, at the top of the world, where I raise my hands and I clench my fists,
they stand before me below, demanding the answers with flips of a switch

I don't understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn't care less

A need for revolution's rising, it comes to the surface, gasping for air,
we're not putting up with this planet one more day much less one more year

I don't understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn't care less

So here and now, in our rotting nation
the blood, it pours, it's all on our hands now
we live, in fear, of our own potential
to win, to lose, it's all on our hands now

And I have an American Dream,
but it involves black masks and gasoline,
one day I'll turn these thoughts into screams,
at a world turned its back down on me

I don't understand where you got this idea,
so deeply engrained in your head
(that this world) is something that you must impress,
cause I couldn't care less


"Heaven Knows"


the day I learn to fly, I'm never coming down
on perfect wings I'll rise through the layers of the clouds

and from there I see the neon grids of cities
and six million people that keep their fires lit

I threw a party in my name
but the hours crawled by and no one came
so I bowed my head and I prayed for wings
to take me from this place... from you

I see myself inside you, you dream the dreams that I do,
you're still searching for these answers, they're not inside your wrist

and from there I see the neon grids of cities
and six million people that keep their fires lit

I threw a party in my name
but the hours crawled by and no one came
so I bowed my head and I prayed for wings
to take me from this place... from you

I close my eyes as the curtains draw,
I thought I heard your voice but I thought wrong,
'cause you're not there anymore,
no you're not there anymore

and so I lift my chin and the show goes on,
the sky is listening, the stars all sing along,
but you're not there anymore,
and I just can't care anymore

"Dead Ringer"


I never claimed to be something more than me,
your standards, I refuse to see,
I will answer only to myself,
so why don't you police someone else

the place I call home isn't there anymore,
with boards on the windows and locks on the door,
so pick up the pieces that never once fit,
let this be the end of it

once you held a place for me,
but now that I've left you went and gave up my seat,
don't expect me to share your visions of life,
I'll take the my chances somewhere else

the place I call home isn't there anymore,
with boards on the windows and locks on the door,
so pick up the pieces that never once fit,
let this be the end of it

give me the green light to get on with my life,
pick up the pieces then roll the fucking dice

I live in exile of you, your key no longer fits,
because the locks on my life are new

"Halfway There"


is this the point where we give up?
now is this the point where we give in?
now is this the point where we turn ourselves in?

or is this the time to ask questions?
or is this the time to seek answers?
now is this the time to throw it all in?

when enough is enough that's when you know that you're halfway there
when enough is enough that's when you know that you're halfway there
you're halfway there
that's when you know that you're halfway there

this is the point where we stand up
now this is the point where we take back
the things that are keeping us from being free

so when enough is enough that's when you know that you're halfway there
when enough is enough that's when you know that you're halfway there

your voice the airwaves sent you prayed my life would end,
the wasted time I spent ashamed I called you friend,
give me one reason, I need a reason
give me one reason, I need a reason, one reason

"Like The Angel"


They turn the lights down low,
In shadows hiding from the world,
Only coming out when it gets cold

The seas part when they hit the floor,
The voices carry on and out the door
And everything you touch turns into gold

Like the angel you are you laugh creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(your answer's always 'maybe')
That's when I got up and left

A beating heart and a microphone,
A ticking clock in an empty home
Still tells of these times so long ago,

Even though I've come so far,
I know I've got so far to go
And any day now I'll explode

Like the angel you are you laugh creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(your answer's always 'maybe')
That's when I got up and left

And each and everyday will lead into tomorrow
tomorrow brings one less day without you
But don't wait up just leave the light on
'Cause all the roads that I might take
will all one day lead back to you

And like the angel you are you laugh creating
A lightness in my chest,
Your eyes they penetrate me,
(never cease to amaze me)
That's when I got up and left

"Voices Off Camera"


Can you hear the desperate cries
that are calling out your name?
Twisting your arms, holding out their hands
and tugging at your sleeve
Do you feel this underlying sense of urgency
or are you as blind as me?

I hit the ground and I'm still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I'll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere now

I can't bear the thought of losing,
I dread the attention winning brings
and ever since the day I came here
I can stand without your strings
I'm so sick of all these people
but I'm scared to be alone
and if this life has taught me anything
I forgot it long ago

And so I hit the ground and I'm still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I'll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes
Hit the ground and I'm still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I'll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes

The heart is something you can't control
We either choose to follow or be left on our own
So we're leaving here on a less-travelled road
As desperate cries grow louder, I know we're getting close, getting close

And so I hit the ground and I'm still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I'll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes
Hit the ground and I'm still running but I need a place to stay tonight,
I swear I'll be gone in the morning I just need somewhere warm to close my eyes

"Blood-Red, White & Blue"


So come test me, so come break me
So come on intoxicate me
With hands tied behind my back I fight
And wait for you to strike

A new problem we cannot stop them
We're outnumbered and uncautioned
A rally cry rings out into the night

So pride yourself on what you are
And hold them all to words they can't take back
I've seen a place (it comes) to me in dreams
Where fires die but light still shines for us to see

What did you have to say?
Give me your logic, your definition
The words you twist to justify your position
Of mass starvation and blind airstrikes
Every problem is solved with a fight

Peace won't be found
Till we're underground
As long as we live without a sound

So pride yourself on what you are
And hold them all to words they can't take back
I've seen a place (it comes) to me in dreams
Where fires die but light still shines for us to see

Would God bless a murder of the innocents?
Would God bless a war based on pride?
Would God bless a money-hungry government? Noooo!

Would God bless our ineffective court system?
God bless the sweatshops we run.
God bless America?
God bless America? (Noooo)

"Broken English"


our buildings have fallen, our walls all caved in,
and we can't comprehend this sad state that we're in
so we sift through the ashes of what we've become
and surrender here one by one, so push us down

and we get right back up again,
the things you're telling me aren't making any sense,
right back up again,
I'm sick of wishing for someone else to come

let the blind lead the blind,
cause it's eye for an eye
in your so called life,
are you out there? are you listening?
is there something we're still missing?

let the blind lead the blind,
cause it's eye for an eye,
we all fall down

and we get right back up again,
the things you're telling me aren't making any sense,
right back up again,
I'm sick of wishing for someone else to come

we're spinning out of control
we're trying to find somewhere to land
and I don't want you to know
the things that keep me down

cause we get right back up again,
the things you're telling me aren't making any sense,
right back up again,
I'm sick of wishing for someone else to come

"Last Chance Blueprint"


(Jane, he's a freak)
(Well then so am I)
(And we'll always be freaks and we'll never be like other people)
(And you'll never be a freak 'cause you're just ... too perfect)

Late nights and bloodshot eyes,
clock ticking half past five,
we're barely breathing but we're still alive. Go!

Our plans are all laid out,
take all these unmarked roads,
we blaze the trails to places no one goes, yeah!

One last chance to go,
if I don't leave tonight I never will, let's go!
One last chance to go,
let's take it now in for the kill

In time we find ourselves,
back where we started from,
too weak to fight and much too tired to run, yeah!

Before you swallow me
into your perfect life,
I'm not going out without a fight

One last chance to go,
if I don't leave tonight I never will, let's go!
One last chance to go,
let's take it now in for the kill

(If I had to leave tonight would you come with me?)
(What?)
(If I had to go to New York, and live, tonight, would you come with me?)

But this blueprint's faded grey
and here it seems like just yesterday
when we mapped out the details of our great escape,

But still these roads all beckon me
to uncover their mystery
but I fall like dead autumn leaves and let the jetstream carry me

One last chance to go,
if I don't leave tonight I never will, let's go!
One last chance to go

"To The Core"


If I could paint how I feel,
I'd draw bullseye on your forehead
my anger is not misdirected
unless it somehow misses you

Time spent on hate, is time gone to waste,
I watch you point and click your life away

So cast the stones that I'll gladly catch
and I'll throw them right fucking back,
I stand behind the things I say,
you type the words you won't say to my face

Time spent on hate, is time gone to waste,
I watch you point and click your life away

It seems you've let me go again,
just like the day you let me in,
the best of intentions, you were never mine to begin with

So step away from the fucking screen,
see a world outside your scene,
maybe then you will know
and realize the lack of threat you pose

"Torches"


On clearer days I can see the lights from my bedroom door,
on windy nights I can smell the lake as it drifts to me from the shore
the traffic lights silently change a thousand times a day
but I'm still waiting, yeah, and I'm still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?

I can't remember exactly when this longing began
but I know it wasn't before the day you touched my hand,
laugh and shout in blissful daze and numbers are exchanged,
but I'm still waiting, yeah, and I'm still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?

So put your hands where I can see them,
and shut your mouth, I know who you are,
in a world void of feeling or heart
I know that we are the torches in the dark

Let's break this down, let's make this count,
Let's leave this one-horse town, no better time than now
[repeat x2]

The angels dance like feathers float, they're here to see and to be seen,
the clock strikes two, the music slows and each one slowly dons their wings,
once outside they all pair off and hand in hand they leave
but I'm still waiting, yeah, and I'm still waiting

And if my hand could block the sun,
would we ever wake up?
And if I turned back all these clocks,
would that be time enough?
Will we ever wake up?

"Amber Changing"


Information kept to myself and everybody wants to know,
I trust the words of no one else cause I've been there before,
Your voice is wasted 'cause I'm not listening

These callused fingers are wrapped around a black ball-point pen,
These eyes don't wander as far as they at one time did,
I've seen the future, it's fading faster

No place that I'd rather be than right here, right now
No time that I'd rather be than right here, right now

I'm on the other end begging you, pick up the phone,
A shaking whisper is answering, don't call anymore
Your voice is wasted 'cause I'm not listening

Freeze me in this moment,
Thaw me in ten years, (thaw me in ten years)
When the fire's burned out and the smoke (clears)

No place that I'd rather be than right here, right now
No time that I'd rather be than right here, right now

Let's just pretend
Let's just pretend
Let's just pretend, let's just pretend,
Tonight will never end
Let's just pretend, let's just pretend,
Tonight will never end

No place that I'd rather be than right here, right now
No time that I'd rather be than right here, right now

"Anyway You Want It"


[Originally by Journey]

Anyway you want it
that's the way you need it
Anyway you want it

She loves to dance
she loves to sing
she does everything
she loves to move
she loves to groove
she loves the lovin' things

All night
all night
oh every night
so hold tight
hold tight
oh baby hold tight

She said
anyway you want it
that's the way you need it
anyway you want it
anyway you want it
that's the way you need it
anyway you want it

I was alone
I never knew
what good love could do
then we touched
and we sang
about the lovin' things

All night
all night
oh every night
so hold tight
hold tight
oh baby hold tight

She said
anyway you want it
that's the way you need it
anyway you want it
anyway you want it
that's the way you need it
anyway you want it

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